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Mine Detection Technologies

Deminers around the world face numerous challenges in attempting to detect landmines in the field. 

Challenges include distinguishing mines from clutter, detecting mines containing very little metal and those mines buried deeply. 

The HD R&D Program is assisting deminers by developing advanced technologies to improve the capability to detect low-metal mines, and at the same time, discriminate these mines from metallic clutter.

HSTAMIDS

HSTAMIDS

The Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System (HSTAMIDS) is the U.S. Army`s AN/PSS-14 dual sensor, handheld mine detector that combines an electromagnetic induction sensor and ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect landmines. The addition of the GPR significantly reduces the detector`s false alarm rate and the time the operator spends investigating clutter, increasing the operator`s speed and effectiveness. The HD R&D Program is developing improvements to the standard HSTAMIDS to further improve its performance and reliability. The HD R&D program also developed the HSTAMIDS F3S variant which incorporates a more sensitive metal detector to improve performance against deeply buried low metal anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: The Halo Trust in Cambodia, Mozambique (2012-2014), Kosovo,Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe; Mines Advisory Group in Angloa and Cambodia; Cambodia Mine Action Centre; Norwegian Peoples Aid in Zimbabwe

 

Minehound

Minehound

Minehound is a commercially available dual sensor handheld detector that uses ground penetrating radar (GPR) and metal detection technology to locate landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IED). The GPR can be operated independently which gives Minehound the ability to detect deeper buried, low metallic threats. The GPR audio tone provides information on the size and depth of the object it detects. Twenty frequencies are available to the metal detection sub-system, which allows the Minehound to be operated in close proximity to other detectors and near power lines without causing or being subject to interference. The metal detector also compensates for water and mineralized soil without reducing sensitivity. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: The HALO Trust - Afghanistan, Angola (2012-2015), Cambodia

 

Scorpion

Scorpion

Scorpion is a man-portable unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection system that utilizes a one meter wide electro-magnetic induction (EMI) sensor and a total field magnetometer to detect buried UXO objects in an overpass mode. The system uses differential global positioning system (DGPS) to provide centimeter accuracy of target locations and mapping capability. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: Golden West Humanitarian Foundation - Cambodia 2012; Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia

 

PAC-MAG

PAC-MAG

The PAC-MAG is a man-portable Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) detection system consisting of an array of four total field magnetometers which create geo-referenced maps of large metal signatures below the ground. The system is designed to be used in any terrain that can be traversed on foot. The PAC-MAG is operated by a single individual who carries the array of magnetometers and a Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna to map large areas of ground suspected of containing UXO. The sensor data and mapping information is transmitted to a ruggedized tablet computer where the data can be viewed real-time to ensure accurate data collection. After an area survey is completed, the data is post-processed to create a sorted dig list of GPS coordinates for each alarm, with the first alarm on the list having the highest likelihood of being a target of interest. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

 

MINE STALKER

MINE STALKER

The Mine Stalker system is a vehicular mine detection system optimized for anti-tank (AT) landmine road clearance. The system consists of a 3.2 meter wide ultra-wide-bandwidth ground penetrating radar (GPR) array mounted on a Multi-drive 4x4 landmine survivable tractor. Mine Stalker is equipped with advanced automatic target recognition algorithms that can reliably detect metal and low-metal anti-tank landmines. The vehicle automatically stops and physically marks mine-like objects, and displays the GPR image of the object to the operator inside the vehicle and on a remote laptop viewing station for second party viewing. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: The HALO Trust - Angola (2013-2015)

 

Target Reacquisition Positioning System (TRPS)

Target Reacquisition Positioning System (TRPS)

The Target Reacquisition Positioning System (TRPS) is a dual-purpose, target reacquisition and survey tool. TRPS is a lightweight, low-cost and highly accurate system that simplifies the use of Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) for reacquiring ground target positions previously identified UXO detection systems. TRPS is also a surveying tool that provides the ability to quickly survey boundaries, locations of items found, or mark other points of interest with centimeter level accuracy. The Minefield Management Tool provides real-time data logging capabilities for demining managers. Modules provide mapping, survey, equipment, target/data, incident and personnel management capabilities.

PARTNERS: The HALO Trust - Angola (2012-2015) and the West Bank; Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia

 

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Hedgehog is a modified commercial tractor designed to detect metal case landmines and unexploded ordnance along roadsides. Modifications include armor protection for the cab, and integration of a large loop metal detection array and a vegetation cutter. Approved for public release, distribution is unlimited.

 

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